Cher Public

Not only with words, but with lively gestures

Elektra Marton“I will never sing the role again. It was frightful. We were a set of madwomen…There is nothing beyond Elektra. We have lived and reached the furthest boundaries in dramatic writing for the voice with Wagner. But Richard Strauss goes beyond him. His singing voices are lost. We have come to a full stop.”  Read more »

Doge days

Boccanegra 1That Placido Domingo and James Levine, the Met’s inexorable septuagenarians, would team up yet again—on April Fools’ Day, no less—for a revival of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra occasioned an uncomfortable degree of doubt and dread.  Read more »

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-2017 season!

The Met’s 2016-2017 season opens on September 26 with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Trelinski, and starring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton. The season will include the Met premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera L’Amour de Loin, as well as new stagings of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Dvorak’s Rusalka, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Read more »

The end is in the beginning and yet you go on

“…they hoped he would soon take on an emeritus position that would keep him involved in the company as part of a graceful exit.:

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Well, you see, grandma was playing up on the roof…

James Levine, the longtime Metropolitan Opera music director whose health struggles recently brought him to the verge of retirement from that position, has canceled a series of concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra next week.”

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Not nobody, not nohow!

“Mr. Luisi won praise replacing Mr. Levine time after time, particularly in a costly version of Wagner’s Ring cycle—though, perhaps in a sign of the situation’s delicacy, the two conductors have never met in person.”

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The double negative has led to proof positive

La Cieca thinks she knows who the murderer is.

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The toothless tiger rules the restless jungle

It’s up to you, cher public, to try to decide for yourself what, if anything, this bizarre story in the New York Times means.

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Eminence grise

Even when he’s not conducting the production, or, for that matter, even after the production is closed, Maestro Levine remains a presence on the Met’s website.  

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Starry starry night

Although the season is less than three weeks old, Metropolitan Opera audiences may hear nothing else this season as beautiful as Peter Mattei’s “Song to the Evening Star.”

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